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September 5, 2019
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Join Us for Worship This Sunday!
Pride Parade and Festival
Volunteer to Help with Memorial Reception
Potluck and Coffeehouse
Faith Development Teacher & Steward Orientation
Member Parking Passes
New Chalice Circle
Register for the 2019-2020 Program Year
Childcare Providers Needed

New to First UU?  Register for one of our upcoming New UU Orientation Sessions

Upcoming Services
Sunday, September 15 at 10 a.m.

Worship Leader: 
Rev. Patricia Hart

Worship Associate: 
Doug Facey

"Why Are We Here?"
Where did Unitarian Universalism come from - and where are we headed? Some say that UUism is no longer a religion, but something else entirely. Reflections on how the story of our liberal/progressive religious tradition intertwines with the nation's history, and our role at this pivotal moment.

Sunday, September 22 at 10 a.m.

Worship Leader: 
Rev. Patricia Hart

Worship Associate:
Melinda Lee

"Of Mountains and Dragons"
September is a time of crisp days, brilliant colors, and returning energy: a season for new ventures, new semesters and getting ready for the winter that will test us. It is also perhaps a season to strengthen our spirits. What I learned from celebrating Michaelmas.



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Join Us for Worship This Sunday!
chalice by river
Sunday, September 8 at 10 a.m. 

Worship Leader:  Rev. Patricia Hart, Developmental Senior Minister

Worship Associate:  Judy Brook

Ingathering Sunday
Come celebrate the beginning of a new congregational year - everyone is welcome! This all-ages service will include a water ceremony (bring a small amount of water from a special place in your life) and a story about telling stories, featuring the Society's Board members. At the end of the service, we will move out to the front lawn to dedicate the new signboard. 

Pride Parade and Festival
Zoe Hart

This year's Pride Parade and Festival will be Sunday, September 8, with the parade starting at 12:30 and the festival at 1 p.m. Join your First UU family and friends as we march and sing together in this year's Pride Parade. 
Meet at the First UU Meeting House at 11:30 a.m. to walk down together to the parade staging area (Hood plant parking lot on King St. between Church St. and South Winooski Ave.) or meet us at the staging area between 11:45 and noon. 

For those planning to attend the memorial service for Kathy Bonilla at 2 p.m. that day, the parade should reach Battery Park between 1:00 and 1:15 and we should have time to get back to the First UU Meeting House before 2 p.m. 
Volunteer to Help with Memorial Reception
purple-water-flowers.jpg Lynn Douglas

Please help us create a lovely reception for family and friends attending Kathy Bonilla's Memorial Service on Sunday, September 8 at 2 p.m. Sign up here: 
Potluck and Coffeehouse
Todd Schlossberg

Join Us for Good Food, Friendship and Music on September 14: 

Second Saturday Sanctuary City Potluck and Coffeehouse!
The students are back, you can tell - there's no parking!
Leaves tinged with red, hinting autumn is harking
Come gather 'round friends, and join in the scene 
At our potluck and coffeehouse, September 14 
We share a good meal, right about six
You don't need to hassle, just add to the mix
Bring a hot dish, a salad, dessert, or a stew
If you can, something yummy, to nourish a few
Sign up, if you're psyched, for the open mic
Or sit back and listen, if that's what you'd like 
Share a poem, a story, a solo, or song
Tap your feet, clap your hands, or perhaps hum along
All ages are welcome, all talents are relished
It's a pretty sweet scene, I don't think we embellish
Truth be told, there's not much, that you must do
Apart from this one thing: that is, to bring you!
What : Our Monthly FUUSB Potluck and Coffeehouse
Who : Everyone! Friends and family welcome
Where : The Parlors, First UU Society of Burlington
When : Saturday, September 14, 6-8:30 p.m.
Bring : A potluck dish, a song, story or poem to perform, yourself
Questions?  Todd Schlossberg: 

Faith Development Teacher & Steward Orientation 
Erika Reif, Director of Lifespan Faith Development

Mark your calendars if you intend to volunteer or support children's classes in any way this coming year Orientation will take place on Sunday, September 15.

9:00: Spirit Play training/refresher led by Kim Brockway
(Childcare in the Nursery, light breakfast)
10:00-12:00: General orientation for all classes, which will:   
-inform you of changes and updates in this year's programming
-give teach ing teams time for initial planning
(Childcare in the Nursery and outdoor activities for older children, light breakfast)

Questions  or want to discuss ways you could be involved? Contact  Erika Reif ( or 802-862-5630, ext. 28).

Member Parking Passes
Our Facilities Manager, David McFeeters, will be selling member parking passes in the Alcove past the office after the service on Sunday, September 15. Passes allow members to park in the Meeting House Oval for up to three hours at any time during the week.  Because we have had fewer parking spaces available, we will only be able to sell 40 passes this year. Also, t he cost of passes will be raised to $40. There will be no discount for purchasing two passes. We will not be selling passes before Sunday, September 15. After this, passes will be available on a first come, first served basis. Please contact David for more information:  or 862-5630 ext. 23. Thank you.
New Chalice Circle Starts September 15!
The "Light of Truth"  chalice   circle  will meet the first and third Sundays of the month, a half hour after services. Friendship, celebration and lighthearted and authentic sharing of experiences with such discussion topics as: The Kindness of Strangers...Kindred Spirits... Prison (all kinds), Rights of Passage...Telling the Truth (or not)...Leaps of Faith...

Contact Paul Goldberg to join in:
Register Children and Yuuth for the 2019-2020 Program Year
Erika Reif, Director of Lifespan Faith Development

All children and youth must be registered  each year  to participate in  Faith Development Classes, Nursery too!   If you have yet to register yours, c lick  here for the   link to our database.  

Childcare Providers Needed for the Fall!
In order to warmly welcome families with young children to our congregation, we offer Sunday morning childcare for infants and toddlers all year round, and for children of all ages in the summer. Taking a monthly shift in the Nursery is a great way to serve the community, connect with families, and make a little money! Here's a  link to the job description.  If you think you would be a good fit, contact Margo Whitcomb, Faith Development Assistant, at .